Another Mother Runner Book Event

Happy Friday to meeee! I’m looking forward to a nice, extra long weekend filled with food, family and lots of fun. And of course yard work.
We are taking Madelyn to her first Brewer’s game on Monday. She has developed an obsession for Miller Park and the fact that the “Drewers” play baseball there. I hope she’s not disappointed when we get to Miller Park and realizes that it is indeed not the type of park she probably has in mind. We have really low expectations for how long we’re actually going to sit and watch the game. The other day we made it about 25 minutes into Frozen before wanting to move onto something else.
I swear she has ants in her pants. I chased her up and down a hill today and she cried when I told her it was time to leave. She was having the best time. I wish I shared in her love of running hills.
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My mom and I have a fun run planned on Saturday morning, which involves running followed by flapjacks! I know that if I make promises of pancakes after a run in the jogger, Madelyn will be a happy girl, as long as she has her “dip it” aka syrup.
On Wednesday, we went to a fun event at Performance Running Outfitters. They hosted Dimity McDowell from Another Mother Runner. It was a fun and very inspiring book event where Dimity along with two other essayists read from their new book, ‘Tales from Another Mother Runner.’
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It’s a collection of essays from mother runners and the two essayists that were there were absolutely wonderful. Both of their stories and experiences really hit home for me. The first essayist was Amy Bailey from Green Bay Wisconsin and she talked about her journey with running and food and what she does to stay motivated after you’ve logged all those miles and hours of training runs and then it’s just over. She reminded us all that it’s about the journey.
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The second essayist was Heather Johnson Durocher who writes a blog at Michigan Runner Girl. She talked about running and about a dark time in her marriage in which I had tears in my eyes.
heatherBoth women were so real and I could relate to both of them. it’s refreshing to hear that you’re never alone in whatever it is you are going through.  It was a fun a event that kept my mom and me out way past our bedtime but it was completely worth it. We got a fun little good bag filled with running socks, GU, snacks and other fun goodies. Most importantly, the event got me even more excited about running and the community that comes along with it. I might not be training for any running event right now, but I’m still proud of what I can do. I also was reassured that I will slow down and I might even have to stop running altogether and that it’s okay. When I was pregnant with Madelyn, I decided to stop early on in my pregnancy because it felt weird and it was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what I was capable of.
I’m so excited to read the rest of this book and write up a review on it. I highly recommend their other two books, Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother.
What’s your favorite running related book? What keeps you motivated to keep going on days you want stop? Anyone with a good mantra out there?
Also, head on over to Healthy Helper Blog for my featured guest post about barre & running! 

Pregnancy Number 2: Weeks 14-15

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I am embracing the second trimester with open arms! I can’t get over how much better I’m feeling. I sometimes forget I’m pregnant until I look at myself in the mirror or I try to hold Madelyn for long periods of time.

The first trimester seemed to last forever, but I have a feeling the rest of this pregnancy is going to fly by. I’m trying to savor the good parts as best as possible, because this will be our last baby. Larry and I are firm believers in not being outnumbered by our children.

-Aversions: Still have zero desire to eat plain almonds. Salmon was also on my list of things I’m not crazy about, which makes me really sad since it’s so good for the baby. I will try to eat it but I can’t eat as much of it as I normally do. Hardboiled eggs are also still kind of “meh”. I prefer them fried or omelet style with some feta cheese and spinach.

-Cravings: Sweet and salty like no other. Yesterday I had a butter pecan ice cream cone and an hour later I really wanted a bag of cheddar and sour cream chips. I have now tried three different brands of cheese and caramel corn. So far Trader Joe’s wins. We have a trip to Chicago scheduled in the beginning of June and I cannot wait to visit Garrett’s! Creme brûlée has become my dessert of choice, which is new to me in this pregnancy.

-Workouts: Still running and going to barre. I’ve had to modify some core moves in barre and scaled back on the cardio intensity in classes. I’ve noticed that if I go two days without exercise my mood/hormones are all over the place. Unfortunately my family has felt the wrath of this…sorry guys. I had a great gym workout on Saturday and felt like a whole new person. I love endorphins.

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-Madelyn: For the first time ever she said she wants a boy baby! She’s kind of all over the place but is still showing preference for a sister. I told her she get what she gets! haha! She loves playing with baby dolls and will sit and feed them, rock them to sleep and change their diaper. She will even sing to her baby when it cries. She’s going to be an awesome big sister.

-Energy: Much better for the most part. With some changes in our life/work schedule, I’ve been feeling a little worn out by the end of the day, but still a million times better than I was the first trimester. It’s just something I’ll have to get used to, hopefully not for too long.

Things I’m looking forward to:

-Feeling kicks from the outside. I’m starting to feel stronger movement on the inside and I love it! It gives me a reassuring feeling that everything’s okay in there.

-Our 20 week ultrasound is finally in the books and a gender reveal party is on the calendar. We’ll be finding out at the end of June if we’re having a boy or a girl.

-Getting Madelyn into her big girl room so that we can start getting ready for the baby.

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving birth again and I’d really like to have an unmedicated birth again. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same doctor who delivered Madelyn because of insurance purposes. But she was wonderful. So wonderful that I told Larry I would never have another baby without her…I’m eating my words. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to take a crash course natural birthing class because I really can’t remember what we did the first time around. I just remember loving the birthing tub. There are a few classes in the area that are geared toward second time parents. I will probably have some persuading to do ;-)

Knock-off Salad

Friday never looked better. Things have been crazy over here this week, as we’re adjusting to new work/life schedules only to be totally spoiled over the weekend and having to adjust again come Tuesday morning. It’s a vicious circle, I know. This little face definitely makes the long days worthwhile.
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Earlier this week I had a craving for pizza. Lucky for me, hubs picked us up some frozen Lou Malnati’s pizza when he was in Chicago last and we still had one left in our freezer (which I completely forgot about-always the best).
Besides a big glass of red wine, the sweet taste of the Malnati salad always pairs well our pizza. Since we didn’t have a salad from Lou’s, I attempted to re-create it from memory and cross my fingers. The kitchen gods were watching over me because it was right on point. Larry even said he couldn’t taste a difference between mine and the restaurant’s.
IMG_3558The only thing that I could’ve done better was maybe look up the actually ingredients on their website ;-) I used blue cheese instead of gorgonzola and bacon instead of salami. I could pick out the blue cheese mistake right away, but I had no idea they used salami, I always thought it was bacon.
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Ingredients for the salad:
Romaine lettuce
Tomatoes
Olives
Fresh Mushrooms
Salami (pan fried)
Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
Since the dressing is heavy with sugar (it’s a sweet vinaigrette), I substituted coconut sugar for regular white table sugar. Some of the health benefits of coconut sugar are lower glycemic rate (doesn’t raise blood sugar levels quickly), lower amounts of fructose, and contains some traces of vitamins.
-1/3 C extra-virgin olive oil
-6 tbsp. white wine vinegar
-4 tbsp. sugar
-2 tsp Italian seasoning
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1/2 salt
Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour over each individual serving of salad. There’s nothing worse than making a salad soggy and throwing it away.
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One thing I will never attempt to re-create? Chicago-style pizza…it’s in a category all its own.
What’s your favorite restaurant salad? Any success making it at home?
Enjoy your Friday & your weekend! I know I will!
What’s your favorite restaurant salad? Any success making it at home?
Enjoy your Friday & your weekend!

Mother’s Day Weekend Recap + A Giveaway

sisterssweatI started out my weekend with a sweaty Friday night brawl class with my sis and woke up Saturday morning for the grand opening of The Barre Code Brookfield. The studio is beautiful. It’s also nice and close which is a huge plus.

On Sunday, I woke up and was all set to run a 5k with Madelyn in the jogging stroller.

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I signed up for Run Like a Mother 5k-a mother’s day race I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now, and the weather was awful. Not only was it in the low 40s, but it was rainy and windy. Something I probably could have forged through but I felt bad dragging Madelyn down to the lakefront for a race. I got to my mom’s house and we decided that Starbucks sandwiches and coffees sounded like a much better idea. I HATE not doing a race that I sign up for, but I had to think of the little peanut.

I purchased this For Two Fitness tank a few weeks ago. I LOVE their tank tops and workout gear. I wore their stuff with when I was pregnant with Madelyn and I’m looking forward to wearing it with baby #2. It’s very comfortable and grows nicely along with a growing belly.

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The lovely people at For Two Fitness is offering Healthy Tidbit readers 25% off of merchandise (excluding gift cards) if they use the discount code: HTBR42 from now until June 10, 2015.

They’re also running an AMAZING giveaway on their blog with $1000 worth of prizes. The giveaway starts today and runs until Friday, so head on over and check out the contest here.  Some of the goodies include: Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller, a Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS, a pair of Feetures Graduated Compression Socks, For Two Fitness apparel, and Sara Haley’s Expecting More and Sweat UNLIMITED workout DVDs.

Later in the day we met my mom and sister at Firefly for an awesome Mother’s Day brunch. I decided to wear my top from Stitch Fix. I never did a review of Stitch Fix because I received my first box early in my pregnancy and wasn’t sharing the news yet, but they sent me some really awesome things. I will definitely be doing it again.

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I love how light and comfortable this top is and can’t wait to pair it with some jean shorts and cute sandals.

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The husband and Madelyn definitely spoiled me this year. I got this necklace I’ve been wanting for a while on Etsy.

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And a fun little polaroid camera. I love it!

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We gifted my mom with a weekend in Chicago to see Dirty Dancing the musical. I cannot wait to head to the windy city with my two favorite ladies at the end of this summer.

First Trimester Recap

Thank you everyone for your kind words, messages/texts etc. We are thrilled and so excited for, what will likely be, the final addition to our little family!
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a glimpse of the behind the scenes from our photo shoot

I found out I was pregnant with #2 toward the end of February. I didn’t think I’d get a positive as quickly as I did. The first initial test had a very faint second line. So faint that when I came and told Larry I said, “I think that I’m pregnant.” He replied, “You think?” I showed him the test and we both agreed, though faint, there was definitely a second line.
IMG_1482I took another one a few days later just to make sure. No doubt about it. Baby #2 is on its way.
IMG_1497I’m officially in my second trimester and so far I’m feeling a million times better than I have been the past few weeks. My energy levels are back to normal and the extreme nausea has subsided.
My appetite has been all over the place. Eating paleo totally went out the window since all I wanted the first couple of weeks was CARBS! Not the healthy kind either. Bowls of cinnamon toast crunch, buttered noodles with parmesan cheese and a lot of pizza was consumed. How I managed to escape this trimester with nothing but a 3lb weight gain is beyond me.
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Aversions: Almonds. And beef jerky. I assume this has something to do with all the almonds and beef jerky that I consumed on my way to Guam. I still can’t stomach almonds…unless they’re covered in chocolate, like in a KIND bar or something along those lines. I could also do without hardboiled eggs, but I’ve been choking them down when I have to since they’re convenient and good for the baby.
Cravings: Equal parts of sweet and salty, so naturally Trader Joe’s Chicago mix popcorn is right up my alley, kettle corn, green apples & sweetened sunflower butter. And oranges. I can’t eat enough oranges. Or cheese. When I was feeling nauseous, cheese was the one thing that made me feel better.
Workouts: The only thing that makes me feel “normal” in this growing body of mine: working out. I’ve been able to keep up running about 3 times a week and I’ve been keeping it to about 3 miles a run. It’s what I was doing before I got pregnant, so I don’t want to push for anymore at one time. Other than being slower, running still feels good to me. Because I’m not training for anything this summer, Madelyn has been joining me on a lot of stroller runs. She seems to be enjoying herself and that stroller is giving me a good upper body workout!  And barre. I’m still attending all classes. At the cardio classes I make sure just to watch the intensity so that I don’t get out of breath and for burpees I’ve stopped going all the way down to the ground and I just keep my arms in a full-arm plank position. Exercise makes smart babies :-) It’s science.
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Madelyn:  When we first told her she was going to be a big sister her response was simply. “No.” And that was the end of it. When I explained there was a baby in my tummy she got excited and now she will pat my stomach and say “good morning” or “good night baby”. It will be fun to see how she reacts to there being a baby in the house and interesting when she’s not the only one getting our attention. As of right now she doesn’t want a sister, she wants a “girl baby” and to name her Viviana after her best friend at daycare. I ask her once what we will name the baby if it’s a boy and her reply was, “Stinky!” No joke. That one had us laughing for awhile.
Energy: Finally feeling somewhat normal. The few days before I was set to leave for Guam, I was exhausted to the point where I couldn’t function. I had so much packing to do but I was too tired to even think about it. That was a few days before I found out I was pregnant. The week after I returned home was one of the toughest. I was about 6 weeks pregnant then, suffering from jet lag and a time adjustment. My body was screaming, “what are you doing to me?!” It took about a week to feel back to “normal”. From that point on, I made it my goal to be in bed by 8:30pm. When you’re pregnant with a toddler to chase around, the game totally changes. First time pregnant moms out there, my advice to you is to take a nap whenever possible. Times when I’d have my eyes closed for a minute, I’d hear a little voice saying, “Mama wake up!” And that was the end of that.
What I’m looking forward to in the second trimester
-Feeling the baby move! I’ve been feeling tiny little flutters, but I can’t wait to have Larry and Madelyn feel the baby moving around in there. That will be exciting!
-Having our 20 week ultrasound and seeing our baby again.
-Getting a real baby bump. The in between stage is the worst.
-Making it through the day without feeling nauseous and tired.
-Planning a reveal party. {sigh}. Since we were surprised with Madelyn (all my idea), Larry really wants to find out what we’re having. While of course I want to know, I also like the fun of surprises. I feel like it’s the last real surprise you get in life. I finally agreed to find out but I had some conditions. We have to find out in a fun way (not in the ultrasound room) and I want all of our family to be there. Not sure what method we’re going to use to find out but the party will be sometime this summer. Grandma, you’ll have to get grandpa back up here!
Has anyone been to/hosted a baby reveal party and saw a unique surprise? I know balloons & cake are the two most popular ways, I’m just trying to think outside the box a little bit.